The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools? - Dale Russakoff

Veteran journalist Dale Russakoff is an exceptional reporter and writer, and both skills are on full display in her excellent book, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools? (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27). First excerpted in The New Yorker, the book is a masterful exposition of how politics, money, and egos—along with entrenched interests and lofty intentions—collided in a highly-publicized attempt to fix the deteriorating public school system in Newark, New Jersey. Over four years of reporting, Russakoff was granted extraordinary access to the lead characters in the story: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; then Newark Mayor (and now U.S. Senator) Cory Booker; and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who pledged $100 million to improve Newark’s schools. But the author also immersed herself in the schools, visiting classrooms, getting to know teachers, and following students, most of them low-income, as the unlikely trio of Christie, Booker, and Zuckerberg’s launched what became a hugely misguided effort to rescue public education in America by making Newark a national model of reform

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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 8th, 2015

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